The Housing and Educational Consequences of the School Choice Provisions of NCLB: Evidence from Charlotte, NC

50 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2014  

Stephen B. Billings

University of Colorado - Boulder

Eric J. Brunner

University of Connecticut

Stephen L. Ross

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 4, 2014

Abstract

We examine housing market and residential mobility changes that occur soon after a school fails to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in Charlotte, NC. Students within attendance zones of failing schools are given priority in lotteries for oversubscribed schools, potentially increasing the attractiveness of living in a failing school attendance zone. We find that housing prices, homebuyer income and the probability of attending a non-assigned school increase in the highest quality neighborhoods within failing school attendance zones. Our results are driven largely by the behavior of new residents who exploit the school choice advantages offered by failure to achieve AYP.

Keywords: housing market, residential mobility, failing schools

Suggested Citation

Billings, Stephen B. and Brunner, Eric J. and Ross, Stephen L., The Housing and Educational Consequences of the School Choice Provisions of NCLB: Evidence from Charlotte, NC (December 4, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2534040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2534040

Stephen B. Billings

University of Colorado - Boulder ( email )

Leeds School of Business
Koelbel Building
Boulder, CO US 80309
United States

Eric J. Brunner

University of Connecticut ( email )

Department of Public Policy
1800 Asylum Ave, 4th Floor
West Hartford, CT 06117
United States
860.570.9217 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/ericbrunner1/

Stephen L. Ross (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics ( email )

365 Fairfield Way, U-1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1063
United States
860-486-3533 (Phone)
860-486-4463 (Fax)

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